Where are good crafty shops in brum?
Well, I've only been here just over a year, but I work in the Rag Market part of the week for Barry's Fabric. So, apart from us (and our shop which I work in the rest of the week, which is at 1 Moseley Street, right behind the wholesale market) there's several fabric stalls, a whole row of haby stalls with bottons, zips, ribbons, sequins, threads, etc etc etc. There's a chap that sells some fun fur fabrics and some Patons acrylic yarns, and a few other crafty bits and bobs. There's a few hardware type guys, if you look hard enough you can find all knids of interesting things. Thats just the Rag and outdoor markets. If you go into the indoor market there's a fairly large haby place on one of the side walls, they have ribbons, yarns and all sorts of crafty bits and pieces. I have to admit, the first time I walked around I didn't see much potential, but the more I go there, the more I see. Same for all the stalls in the markets. Oh and if you're looking for stretchy fabrics, then on a tuesday there's a woman on the outdoor market that does all kinds of stretchy stuff, but it does take some searching to find stuff thats not best suited to dance costumes.
Then there's the new haby dept in Rackhams, all Coats stuff (that includes yarns by Rowan, Jeager and Patons and lots of crafty bits) and the staff are really nice and lots of fun!
Fancy Silks which is opposite the markets (I've only been in there once and didn't like it much myself, and I'm always getting told by customers that they come to us because they're really rude in Fancy Silks...but they do seem to have a good selection, but we're pretty damn good too I might add
Outside of the centre I've so far found John Lewis in Solihull which is useful, then there's a wool shop in Northfield shopping centre thingy and one in Cape Hill. There's also a really nice shop by Morrison's in Borders Green (I think, it's the one by the Blue's ground if that helps).
There doesn't seem to be much in the way of purely craft, it seems to be more knitting and fabrics (which suits me!)
Hope this helps. If you happen to be in the Rag Market or Barry's Fabrics (and do come!) I'm the one with curly hair thats pink (currently anyway, it was turquoisey green a few weeks ago) at the front and I'm called Janine!